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William Henry Cumpston part 2 EY/3/2/4/5/



August 3 1889 Issue 5642 Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle


"The jealous editor - Sequel to the shooting at Southampton.


At the Winchester Assizes on Monday, William Henry Cumpston, 26, described on the calendar as an editor, was indicted for feloniously shooting at Richard Nelson, with intent to take his life, at Southampton, on the 24th June.


The Hon. Bernard Coleridge, MP, prosecuted, and Mr Charles Mathews defended.


In opening the case for the prosecution Mr Coleridge detailed the facts leading up to the charge, and said prisoner appeared to have got an idea that there was something between his wife and the prosecutor Mr Nelson, who was landlord of the Blacksmith's Arms and manager of a furniture business in Oxford Street.  Prosecutor took lodgings near prisoner simply because he wished to have a more respectable lodging than he could get in King Street.  The wives of both men were friendly, and this, he would submit to the Jury, was conclusive evidence as to whether there was anything between Mr Nelson and Mrs Cumpston (Annie Chappell).  Prisoner's wife came to stay at the Blacksmith's Arms at Mrs Nelson's request, or at any rate, with her approval and sanction, and helped to take care of the business, and was most useful to Mrs Nelson.  Prisoner took umbrage at this, and on one occasion he went to the house and kicked up a row.  A scuffle ensued between prosecutor and prisoner, there were words, during which prisoner struck prosecutor with a stick and 'blacked' his eye.


Prisoner's wife at this time refused to go back with prisoner, alleging as her reason prisoner's ill treatment.  The prisoner went away, but returned in a short time with 2 police-constables and took away his wife by force.  On the next morning prisoner's wife returned, and from what she said, Mr and Mrs Nelson determined to do all they could to show prisoner's wife kindness.  Some weeks elapsed without either the prisoner or his wife coming to Nelsons.  Nine or ten weeks before the depositions were taken, Mrs Cumpston came to Nelsons, having finally determined to live with prisoner no longer.  She came and stayed with Nelsons, with the full approval of Mrs Nelson.  On the 21 June Mrs Cumpston’s stay came to an end.  On the 24th, three days afterwards, prisoner went to a gunsmith's and bought a six-chambered revolver and fifty cartridges.  That was at eight o'clock in the evening".


(The story continued then as page 1)

"Cumpston fired the first two directly at Nelson.  One shot lodged in the back of his hand, another under his right eye, and a third in his right leg.  There was a hole in his coat and waistcoat, and his chain was blackened by a bullet.  The man's life was preserved almost by a miracle.  


Mrs Nelson admitted that she had a quarrel with her husband, but said it was before Mrs Cumpston came to stay with them.  She denied that the latter ever came to prosecutor's lodgings, in Northumberland Road.  Another witness said that on the apparent reconciliation at the Blacksmith's Arms prisoner quoted 'they who hurt a loving heart shall die'.  Inspector Curtis said that on being charged prisoner replied "That man seduced my wife - jealousy is the cause of this.  I have been praying on my knees to Almighty God to take it from my mind, bit it was bound to be."


In summing up, his Lordship pointed out to the Jury that their function was not to show mercy, but to dispense justice.  The Jury found prisoner guilty of shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm.


His Lordship sentenced prisoner to six years' penal servitude."










1915 EY/3/2/4/5/

Montreal Canada

Poems for the time

xxvii p LC class PS8455

Cumpston William Henry married Annie Chappell.  Father William Henry Lowthorp Cumpston.  

Mother Mary Ann

Poet Amicus Archive Canada


William Henry in Canada


I am not sure what happened between William Henry being convicted in 1889 and his emergence in Canada in 1893.  I would welcome further information if anyone can supply it.


He and his family appear on the 1901 Canada census living in Champlain sub district Saint Maurice district 146, with his son and daughter.




William CUMPSTON male married age 38 born 29 Jan 1863 London

Head of household immigration 1891, English.  Nationality shown as Canadian, Church of England.  Occupation foreman


Lillian M Cumpston female age 17 born 28 May 1883 Hull daughter Immigration 1893 English, Canadian, Church of England


Alfred L Cumpston male single age 16 born 18 November 1884 Hull; son Immigration 1893 English Canadian, Church of England.  Occupation Com? Generale.

Province: Quebec District: Champlain District Number: 146 Sub-District: Saint-Maurice

Sub-District Number: N-4




daughter of William Henry Cumpston and Annie Chappell.


1883 EY/3/2/4/5/1/

Sculcoates 9d 143 Hull  birth free bmd 29 January 1863


1891 Census EY/3/2/4/5/1/

St Thomas  RG12 Piece 3841 folio 14 34 St Georges Road Newington Hull Cumpston Lillian May aged 7


son of William Henry Cumpston and Annie Chappell


born 18 Nov 1884

EY/3/2/4/5/2/ Hessle HES/18/103

birth yorks freemnd


1891 EY/3/2/4/5/2/

St Thomas  RG12 Piece 3841 folio 14 living at 34 St Georges Road Newington Hull Cumpston Alfred Lidgett age 6 census




There is a furthe entry for 1901:

Canadian Immigratant Records Part One William CUMPSTON age 38


Year 1901 Census of Canada, Province of Quebec.

Immigrated to Canada in 1891


National Archives of Canada Microfilm reel T-6516 Dist 146 Champlain Sub district N4 St Maurice page 6



Lillian M CUMPSTON age 17 immigrated to Canada in 1893

Alfred T CUMPSTON age 16 immigrated to Canada in 1893